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  • The benefit of legal aid for early advice
    The Government is presently putting the finishing touches to its review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (‘LASPO’) which, amongst other things, abolished legal aid for most private law family matters. The review will consider the problems caused by LASPO, and how they may be resolved, or lessened. The clear... […]
    John Bolch
  • Two homes, one Christmas: surviving the festive season as separated parents
    Tis the season to be jolly but for those divorced or separated parents, and their children it can be the season for stress and disappointment. But it does not have to be that way. Of course, managing Christmas post-separation is no easy feat but with some careful planning, compromise and putting the children first you... […]
    Stowe Family Law
  • A week in family law: Divorce, marriage, surrogacy and child support
    As I reported here, a husband has been criticised by a Family Court judge for contesting a divorce issued by his wife on the basis of his adultery, despite the fact that he admitted to having committed adultery for some twenty-two years of the marriage. Unsurprisingly Her Honour Judge Lynn Roberts granted the wife her... […]
    John Bolch
  • Let’s all be honest about payments for surrogacy
    A comment from the previous President of the Family Division and a lively debate about surrogacy on Radio 4 on Monday morning has sparked a discussion about payments in surrogacy arrangements. Sir James Munby on one side has said that we need to face up to reality in relation to expenses and payments which are being... […]
    Bethan Cleal
  • Tragic case of litigation pursued beyond reason
    Today I want to talk about another case in which a party abuses the family justice system in pursuit of his own ends, but only succeeds in bringing disaster upon himself and his whole family. The case also, I think, illustrates once again the problems that can arise when a litigant doesn’t have the restraining... […]
    John Bolch
  • Lost sense of self: Seven signs you are in a relationship with a narcissist
    Your partner is always right, needs to be the centre of attention and can’t handle any criticism. Sound familiar? Well, you could be in a relationship with a narcissist. Julian Hawkhead, Senior Partner joins us on the blog to share the seven signs you are in a relationship with a narcissist. All too often I... […]
    Julian Hawkhead
  • The limits of the court’s power to resolve children disputes
    Parents applying to the court for contact with their children naturally expect the court to take every possible step to ensure that contact takes place. Certainly, that is normally the case, as it has long been accepted that the welfare of children is best served by them maintaining a full relationship with both parents. That... […]
    John Bolch
  • Stowe guests: Creating a positive future after divorce – part two
    In this instalment of Stowe guests, we welcome back Evelyn Hoggart, a Business and Personal Development Coach who offers inclusive coaching for career management, business, personal and skill development. Evelyn joined us last week with part one of her creating a positive future after divorce article, today she is here with part two. What do you want? The... […]
    Stowe Family Law
  • A rare case of a father’s parental responsibility being removed
    “A decision to remove parental responsibility from a father is a very serious matter.” So said Ms F Judd QC in the course of her judgment in the High Court case C v D & Another. Indeed it is a very serious matter. What was it that made her decide that it was in a... […]
    John Bolch
  • Disinherited because of a dislike of farming?
    I noted with interest the headline ‘Cow-hating son loses dairy farm in High Court’ in The Times last week. Reading on it was clear that this ran deeper than the son’s dislike of cows and that family feuds and arguments had been happening for several years, but it did get me thinking about some of... […]
    Theo Hoppen